Universitas Indraprasta PGRI is a higher education institution devoted to preserving art, tradition, and cultural heritage. Aside from establishing a number of forms of sanggar – a studio to teach a specific form of traditional art such as dances and music – Universitas Indraprasta PGRI is also known for wayang kulit performances on special occasions like graduation ceremony, community services, and the celebration of its anniversary. The majority of Indonesian wayang kulit performances tell tales two major Hindu epics which contextualized into the relevant and current community, national and global issues resulting many adaptations to emerge making the tales acceptable to the local communities. These adaptations are often combined with folklore, comedic twists, and other local traditions. Therefore, we believe that a combination of cultural heritage and teaching-learning in higher education institution constitutes many advantages of preserving the local culture from a different perspective. In response to the matter, three strands of studies become discussion topics: Folklore, Language, and Education.
Folklore and local traditions are not popular yet in the area of teaching-learning in higher education. There are multiple causes including a little interest in and a lack of knowledge of local culture and folklore. The advancement of technology is also inevitable resulting the folktales become marginal. Synthesizing folklore and into course/subject may result in revolutionary thinking among academics and students. There have been many studies conducted on folklores from cultural-historical, sociological and psychological, media-communication aspects, visual language and design, reflecting wide-ranging and multi-disciplinary interest on them. It will facilitate understanding of the importance of preserving local cultures and enhancing cross-cultural awareness in humanities and social sciences.
Language represents common experience and a stock of knowledge about the world that other people share. It expresses culture. Language is also a system of signs as speakers of a language identify themselves through their language use. It is a symbol of social identity. Language also gives meaning through the medium, e.g. visual arts, designs, e-mails, billboards, newspapers, or videos. It signifies reality. We explore language and its forms of usage from the past, the present, and the future in various context in the studies of humanities and social sciences.
Education has rapidly evolved for the last two decades due to technology advancement. This change has tremendous effects on methods and approaches to teaching and learning, formal and non-formal education. It is a need to adapt in the fast-changing-industrial-digital era. In addition to that, the systems of testing and assessment have to face new challenges in digital learning, which create new perspectives in the field. There might be another challenge to prepare education for future generation: character education, including other approaches such as social-emotional learning and civic education. The purpose is to ready the (present and) future generation to be digital-literate, good, mannered, behaved, non-bullying, healthy, critical, successful, traditional, compliant or socially acceptable beings.
In believing that the past can help us to better the present, and the present can contribute to better the future, therefore, Universitas Indraprasta PGRI will hold an event under the title "The 1st International Conference Folklore, Language, Education, and Exhibition 2019”(ICOFLEX 2019). This event is a forum for researchers, academics, activists, and practitioners devoted to the studies of folklore, language, and education to share their experience, findings, idea, and vision and to give their contribution in bringing the wisdom from the past into our present life and to preserve it for the future generations to come. We also welcome other ideas related to language and education.